Logbook of a globe-trotter
Backpack and visa ready, Pocket Wifi in the suitcase, Aurore make her dream come true by starting a tour around the world ! What’s the program ? New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Mongolia, China and finally Japan (it is a dream, right? :)). A true globe-trotter, Aurore reveal here some excerpts from her travel log, and her feedback on the use of the service. In this first stop, on board for New Zealand 🙂
Welcome to New Zealand, the country’s famous All Blacks! The internet network in New Zealand is far from the French network as on the price and on the connection speed. You have to be (very) patient to view a web page … Here internet connections are not free or limited. Generally, Guesthouses / hotels offer a paid connection (about 200MB or limited 3NZD for 20/30 minutes). Undaunted, we start to conquer Wifi in some restaurants and cafes in return for a small consumption. And then the drama: We had a limited connection to 20/30 minutes and the quality of the network was not really extraordinary! What quickly discouraged.
Faced with this situation, difficult to plan and book an activity. A real puzzle as to bring news to the family and friends waiting for a small message from us to verify that the trip goes well. The rainy weather seem very long, especially when it is impossible to spend some time surfing the web without breaking the bank.
Note that some of the MacDonalds corner have limited access or even do not offer at all (quite the opposite in France!). Public libraries in all major cities offer free internet connection but difficult to enjoy the time because of their opening hours.
The use of RoamingByMe was very helpful (especially when traveling in Campervan!). We had no problems to connect us for our campervan, whether in the North Island or the South Island. And it was a real luxury!
From the point of view of a traveler, I highly, highly recommend New Zealand and especially to all travelers Campervan (which is the most rependu way to travel in NZ).
See you soon for our next globe-trotter stop !